Ellipsism is the sense of sadness and melancholy that accompanies intimations of one’s own mortality, the quiet heartbreak that comes with the realisation of all the futures you will never see. It’s also the perfect title for the full length debut album from Sheffield blackened post metal sorcerers of sorrow, BA'AL. Having forged their sound in the fires of a Bloodstock festival appearance, live shows with Downfall Of Gaia, Conan, Gnaw Their Tongues, Fen and more, two EPs and the towering Thy Sorrow single, recorded at Russ Russell’s Parlour Studios (At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir, Napalm Death etc) the time has come for Ellipsism.
The unmistakeable, impassioned howl of Hecate Enthroned vocalist Joe Stamps tears through the suffocating shadows of broken hymns like ‘Father, The Sea, The Moon’ and soft, deep waves of cruel despair wash around your heart on ‘III-II-MMIII’ and album closer ‘Rosalia’. This is an album that will swallow you, engulfing you in the fear-tinged sadness whose name it bears. At times raging fiercely at the futility of the human condition at others, simply desolate...Ellipsism is a powerful maelstrom of dark emotion, touched with moments of remarkable beauty, that will leave no listener unaffected.
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